FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona Athletics, University President Dr. Rita Cheng, and Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos would like to welcome Dr. Alisse Ali-Joseph as the new faculty athletics representative.
“Alisse’s interest in the transformative power of collegiate athletics will bring a unique insight to this role,” Cheng said. “She understands that for many students participating in athletics is what makes education feel more accessible and gives them the skills to succeed in life.”
Ali-Joseph was appointed to the new role by Dr. Cheng with her position set to begin the 2015-16 school year. The FAR is a role held by a member of the university faculty. Responsibilities for the FAR include, ensuring balance between academics and athletics for the benefit of the student–athlete, academic integrity, and institutional control.
Ali-Joseph is comfortable with athletics, as she was a student-athlete on the UC Davis women’s tennis team.
"I believe working with student-athletes is a very rewarding job, so I am humbled and honored to be welcomed into the NAU Athletics family as the faculty athletics representative,” said Joseph. “As a former student-athlete and current faculty member who values the importance of athletics, I look forward to being another source of strength and support for our coaches and amazing student-athletes."
Ali-Joseph became a faculty member at NAU in 2013, as she teaches in the Applied Indigenous Studies department and specializes in the importance of sports and physical activity as a vehicle for empowerment, cultural identity, health and educational attainment for American Indian people. She also focuses on American Indian health and wellness and American Indian education.
“Dr. Ali-Joseph is very familiar with the experiences of our student-athletes, as she was a student-athlete on the UC Davis women’s tennis team, where she served as President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee,” said Campos. “She also served as an assistant women’s tennis coach and co-advised SAAC. In her professional academic career, Dr. Ali-Joseph’s passion for athletics shines through. She has received grants to study “Resilience and Culture through Sport” and has published work related to athletics and Native Americans. We are very excited to welcome Dr. Alisse Ali-Joseph to the NAU Athletics family.”